In the context of its assistance to developing countries and LDCs involved in the WTO accession process, UNCTAD and the Islamic Development Bank co-organized a workshop on accession issues in Tehran.
The meeting was attended by trade negotiators, policy makers and researchers from Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Pakistan. It allowed for a sharing of experiences and lessons learnt on various WTO and trade related issues.
Countries in accession to WTO were granted an opportunity to discuss experiences when aiming to negotiate a WTO accession deal that is in line with the country´s level of economic and social development.
All participants benefited from sharing their experiences regarding developing countries´ participation in the WTO Doha negotiations.
UNCTAD contributed through numerous presentations, including:
- Recent developments in the Doha Round negotiations
- Trade in services and development implications
- Introduction to the GATS agreement and issues of interest for acceding countries
- Introduction to the Agriculture Agreement and issues of interest for acceding countries
- Update on NAMA negotiations
These presentations and responses to questions from the floor provided first-hand "Geneva" experiences on many of the issues discussed.
The workshop also provided an opportunity to meet with consultants working on UNCTAD financed studies regarding Iran´s accession to the WTO and provide guidance on the studies being undertaken on market access and specific services sectors.
This event contributed to the broader assistance UNCTAD is providing to acceding and recently acceded countries, in particular Iran and Azerbaijan which have benefited from several technical assistance activities in the recent months under the umbrella of the UNCTAD Trust Fund on accession.